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New gallery of portraits on my website!

It’s been a long time since I did a major website overhaul.  Always overdue, actually because a good portfolio is a constantly morphing, changing entity.  However – I did recently add a new gallery of portraiture that I’m proud of.  Mostly recent work for magazine and commercial clients.  Take a look, let me know what you think!

http://www.matthewstaver.com/#/portraits-1/

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New business portraits

I had a wonderful time meeting and photographing the team at Flitch Studios the other day here in the Denver area.  We made some environmental portraits and captured some documentary photography as they worked.  Their craftsmanship is amazing, and I’d LOVE to just sit in the chair they were working on at the time.

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New Photography @ The Denver Puppet Theater

I was finally able to photograph Annie at The Denver Puppet Theater the other day.  She is always amazingly busy, I found.  That makes sense because Annie is not only a wonderful puppeteer putting on a variety of fantastic shows. She also creates all of the puppets, is a kind human being and provides a wonderful service to all of the children who attend.  I believe that her method of helping people think creatively and open their mind is treasure to all those who attend.

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and office)

 

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A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))


Black and White Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Linsdey and Josh!  Their wedding was beautiful and I’m honored they selected me to photograph such an important day for them.  They were married this August in the Denver Botanic Gardens and the reception followed at The Magnolia Hotel here in Denver, Colorado.

As you may know, I am accepting 5 weddings a year to photograph.  My background is in photojournalism and I continue to work regularly as a documentary, editorial photographer. So, I approach each wedding as an authentic wedding photojournalist, all the while understanding and appreciating the importance of capturing beautiful portraits of the couple and their family.

Below are my 6 favorite black and white photographs from the day. Yep, I used a camera set to capture in black and white.  I also used traditional high-end digital cameras and even created a few portraits using medium format film.An example of a black and white wedding photograph by Denver, Colorado based wedding photojournalist, Matthew Staver.

A black and white portrait of a bride and groom captured before their wedding ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

A black and white documentary photograph of the emotion of the bride before her wedding.

A black and white candid photograph of the bride and groom moments after their ceremony.

A black and white portrait of the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

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If you are interested in having me photograph your wedding here in Colorado or abroad, don’t hesitate to give me a call or email.  I’d love to chat and see if we’d make a good fit!


Urban Gardening photo project

I’m eager to begin sharing my Urban Garden project with the world. I’m posting selected photographs to a new, dedicated Instagram account @matthewstaver in banner format. Here is the first photo posted, others will appear as I can post them.  For more information, or if you have a unique urban vegetable garden in the Denver area that might make a good fit for the project send me an email!  –   mattstaver(at)hotmail.com

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New construction photos added

I’m pleased to share this new gallery of construction related photography at my online portfolio:  http://www.matthewstaver.com/#/construction/

This is a gallery showcasing some of my recent photography work for construction, developer, hotel and contractor clients.  If you are a construction company with projects in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or even into Wyoming, North Dakota or beyond that you wish to document or highlight, take a look.  Yep, I own a pair of broken in steel-toe boots, hard hat and other PPE.  I understand construction timelines and don’t mind taking off those boots when the project if finished and we head inside to photograph the finished interiors.

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New environmental portrait in Boulder, CO

Here is a new environmental portrait I created while on assignment recently in Boulder, CO.

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Great display in Fokus Magazine

Many thanks to the editors at Fokus, Sweden’s weekly news magazine, for this amazing display of my photographs created recently on assignment for them.  I spent 2 days documenting the business of cannabis here in Colorado.

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(final) new photograph – In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards – new documentary photograph added

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards – washing

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


New photograph In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (new photography)

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (a new documentary photograph)

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (new) photograph #6

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards photograph #5

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards photograph #4

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The 110th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) held here in Denver, has concluded for the year. I spent most of the show in the historic yards again, adding to my documentary photography project, “In The Yards”, set there. Last year my focus was portraiture. This year I created reportage style documentary photographs. ©Matthew Staver All rights reserved. Do not copy, download, post or distribute. Photographer: Matthew Staver 303-916-6155 http://www.matthewstaver.com mattstaver@hotmail.com

To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


6 new OTR landscape photographs from 2 recent assignments

Below are 6 new non-traditional landscape photographs from my ongoing project, On The Road.  The photographs are not manipulated, and are an attempt to capture the beauty of the landscape as I pass, usually en-rout to an assignment.

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A pioneering backyard farm in Denver

A heavy, cold rain poured down on Debra Neeley as she set-up and opened her pioneering Green Gate Farm Stand Saturday morning, but dampen her spirit, or the enthusiasm of her customers it did not. As the opening hour of 9am passed, her front porch – turned farm stand – was packed with customers snatching up fresh herbs, eggs, greenery and tomato starter plants.

This might conjure a picture of life in a small rural town, or of a time long ago, but Debra Neeley is the proprietor of Green Gate Urban Farm and Gardens, a farm located in the backyard of her home in urban Denver, Colorado. She is a one of the first to take advantage of recently passed “cottage food” legislation to legally produce and sell home-grown produce and homemade foods from her residence.

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Rainy drive home = new moody landscape photographs

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Portrait of Olympic figure skater, Jason Brown

After a full day of training and just days before he left Colorado for his Olympic debut in Sochi, U.S. figure skater Jason Brown agreed to go outside in below freezing temperatures and some serious snow to pose for a few portraits for me.  We made a several wonderful photographs, the best two are below, and through the entire day of training and freezing outside Jason was generous with his time and energy, friendly and helpful, and a true pleasure to meet and work with.

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New Photographs: Growing Cannabis in Colorado

It is always a treat for me to meet and photograph a skilled entrepreneur,  farmer or  artist as they work to create something that has the potential to elevate an industry, transform  sentiment or upturn convention.  Recently I had such an opportunity, making photographs inside a Good Meds medical cannabis cultivation facility here in Denver.   Growing Cannabis (marijuana) in Colorado isn’t new, but with the rapid approach of legal recreational marijuana being available to those so inclined (and over 21) from shops in Denver on Jan. 1st, attention on the subject has greatly increased.

 

Farming indoors is a feat I used to associate with survival in a post-apocalyptic movie.  But over the last few years I have witnessed substantial crops being raised in warehouses across Denver.  The photographs below are a few from an indoor Good Meds cultivation facility.  The combination of entrepreneurship, agricultural skills and craftsmanship on display there was wonderful to experience.  While complying with complex regulation they successfully grow a variety of strains and create a truly artisanal product.

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